Chivas USA partners with CESIFUT, welcomes four trialists

The Red-and-White organization imports youth talent to try-out with the team

Gerardo Torres

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Juan Paz

CARSON, Calif. – Chivas USA announced today that in continuing its efforts to support and develop new talent, the club has begun a partnership with the Centro de Sinergia Futbolistica (Center for Soccer Synergy –CESIFUT) of Mexico. The Goats have opened their doors to four juvenile players that hail from said organization so that they may try-out their talent within the Red-and-White institution.

“This proves, once again, that Chivas USA is committed to bringing young talent that is interested in looking for an opportunity in a region as important as Southern California,” commented Chivas USA General Manager, Jose Domene. “As a matter of fact, our recently appointed Technical Director and Head Scout, Simon Elliott, will directly be overlooking these and other players who will soon be trying out their talents with our team.”

The chosen players to be observed by Chivas USA technical staff are:

Victor Manuel Chavez (1990): Midfielder, 5-9, 159 lbs. Chavez began his preparation at CESIFUT six years ago, after which he became a member of Rayados de Monterrey’s third division squad for approximately one year, where he was crowned goal scoring champion. He was also in Europe for approximately one year with Mechelen of Belgium’s third division, and additionally with Mexico´s first division team, Puebla, for about six months.

Javier Mena (1990): Defender, 5-10, 170 lbs. Mena began his preparation at CESIFUT five years ago. Afterwards he travelled to Europe and joined up with Mechelen of Belgium’s third division, where he remained for approximately one year. Mena also joined Jaguares de Chiapas U-20 team and would have several call-ups to train with the first team.

Gerardo Daniel Torres (1992): Defender, 5-7, 157 lbs. Torres began his preparation at CESIFUT six years ago. He belonged to the Chivas de Guadalajara U-20 squad for approximately 2 months.

Jorge Eduardo Marquez (1989): Forward, 5-10, 168 lbs. Marquez began his preparation at CESIFUT three years ago. He was a part of the Atletico Lagunero team of the professional second division in Mexico and subsequently joined Puebla, of Mexico’s first division for approximately six months.

The CESIFUT is categorized as an independent center for high performance, only of its kind in Mexico and well recognized throughout Latin America. Even though the center does not have its own first division team, CESIFUT has to date, produced 11 players whom have debuted in said division of the Mexican Soccer League. Juan Carlos Medina, a graduate from CESIFUT, was the highest paid player in the 2008 draft; Oribe Peralta, also a graduate from the center, scored six goals in the 2009 Torneo de Clausura and was called-up to the Men’s Mexican National team by Javier Aguirre. Jose Reyes, another graduate from CESIFUT, scored three goals in seven matches as a starter for San Luis in the 2009 Torneo de Clausura, as well as three goals and one assist during 214 minutes of play in the 2009 Copa Libertadores.  

Chivas USA returns to The Home Depot Center and face-off against Sporting Kansas City this Sunday, April 1, at 6:00 pm (PT). The match will broadcast on television, live on KDOC-TV in English, and KWHY Channel 22 in Spanish. Follow us on Twitter @cdchivasusa and